2 Corinthians 5:17/“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come”
Ephesians 4:22-24/“To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Romans 6:4/“We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”
As you may have noticed, not only is it a new year but the God Gold of the Day page has got a new look!! Big THANKS to a great friend giving me some new logos for Christmas! It’s awesome how on this mission with Christ to spread His truth in whatever way we can, He places so much support and love around us to keep us moving forward on this adventure with Him! I’m completely humbled to send these messages out everyday and watch the Lord work through them. To kick off all the “new new” going on, thought I’d share some Scripture that reminds us of the new life we have in Christ. From the first moment of professing His name as our Lord and Savior, Christ raises us into a new life as One with Him, a life with Him that changes everything about our old life in the flesh without Him. The cool thing is that I so often forget, this new life with Christ doesn’t just start one day when we pass away from this world and join Him, eternity starts here and now! He’s given us life here with Him, the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit residing inside of each believer, life with Him compared to the old life; from hopelessness to hope, from impossible to sooo possible, from weak to powerful, from despair to peace and joy, this is what happens when we begin our new lives with Christ. The old person we used to be and live life off what we had doesn’t have to be anymore, Christ has laid down our old life and now we begin anew with Him. I don’t know about you but the days I’ve lived off what I got never ended up too great, days living defeated. The struggle now comes with laying that old weak life to rest and embracing the LIFE of freedom and victory over anything the world throws in our path today and everyday. I pray the Lord teaches us how to put away our old self and put on the fresh, unlimited life we have with Him!!!
““I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.””
Hope everyone has a great New Years!!! Excited about this Gold today and pray it can be an encouragement to you!! Got the chance to do something I’ve never done before last night and wow, this truth became even bigger than ever before. The church I grew up at reached out to me asking if I’d preach their Sunday night service last night, of course I jumped on it!! It was the most humbling day of my life getting to bring the Word to so many people who had loved and impacted my life in such a big way through the years. It meant so much to me so of course I was trying to prepare the best most perfect sermon ever and blow the doors off that place. Throughout the process of preparation and speaking I kept coming back to the same truth, if it’s up to me I wouldn’t stand a chance but thank God it doesn’t have to be up to me.
Throughout the battle this week it was a push and pull of getting myself out of the way and stepping into what the Lords power and plan. The hardest part was getting myself out of the way, putting my selfish wants and desires aside, realizing I don’t have what it takes but only through Christ, only He can do anything. Nobody would learn anything from me but it’s Jesus, He’s the only One that’s changed my life, the only One who can change your life. It’s all Jesus. I had started the week wanting to speak about New Years Resolutions and the more I got to looking at Jesus, just how powerful, loving and awesome He is, He’s too big to limit to just a one year goal or limit to anything, Jesus is unlimited and what He can do through us, UNLIMITED!!!
This verse just kept hitting me all week because Jesus tells us straight up what we have to look forward to in this life, today, tomorrow, and everyday.
Jesus speaks His life changing Word to us so IN HIM, as born again believers we are ONE in Christ, SUPER BIG NOTE!! We can have peace knowing the Son of God is with us at all times, no matter how bad things get or look in our eyes, Jesus is there meeting us in the middle of our struggle, always reaching out His hand to pick us up when we fall, forgive us where we mess up and set us firmly on His Word where He gives us everything we need to keep moving forward, taking those next steps out of what we got (impossible) and into what He has, His power, His life changing, chain breaking love, the wild and awesome adventure He has set out for us. Where we see impossible, Jesus says more than possible.
Big thing to note again if you’re super excited, setting your goals, getting all hyped up for the new year. I’m the king of hype when it comes to this stuff but what always takes away the excitement and makes me want to run back to my comfort zone like a dog with his tail between his legs, THE RESISTANCE. Not the one in Star Wars, the resistance we face everyday. That’s what’s so cool about these verses, Jesus tells us to EXPECT the resistance, don’t be surprised when a few weeks or a month from now things start getting tough, resistance starts hitting you and you wanna give up. EXPECT the hits to come, Jesus tells us it’s gonna come whether we like it or not but what Jesus also says!!!
EMBRACE the resistance!!! No matter how bad it gets, no matter how bad you wanna give up and run back to your old life, your comfort zone, Jesus tells us that He is with us at all times in this battle and Jesus gives us the most comforting, chain breaking, hope, “I have overcome the world.”
WOOO!!! How bout that! Nothing or no one in this world can hurt us because Jesus has already won the victory!!!! That is the freedom that Jesus has given us, the peace, the fact that we are going to go through some stuff in this life and especially when we are moving forward with Him but He gives us His powerful Word to stand on that He has OVERCAME the World. So instead of giving up, we can trust in that, we can stop limiting ourselves and our life but the little we got and walk into the daggum LOT that Jesus has, He is the only way to keep moving forward, keep moving closer to Him and bringing Him closer to the world around us on this wild mission He has set us out on!! It’s not going to be easy, we may fall at times, we may want to give up but Hey, It’s okay, Jesus is always there for me and you, He has already won the victory over anything that may make us feel defeated and He has given us more than enough to take that next step not just one day, but daily into the awesomeness He has for us!!! WOOO!!!! Can’t wait to see what Jesus is bout to do!!!!
Praying everyone has a great Son-day and enjoys the awesome freedom that Christ has set before us!!! Nothing can hold you back so celebrate that Freedom today! Celebrate Jesus and His freedom everyday!
“But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here! ” Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?””
Reading through this story of Jesus walking on water and then Peter getting in on the water walking action. So much can be taken away from this story but the big one for me today was Jesus’ constant love. While traveling across the sea the disciples were faced with strong winds surrounding them. They became afraid when looking out and seeing Jesus walking on water toward them. So often we face resistance in our lives, constantly being pushed back and away from our focus being on Jesus. What’s so awesome to see here, Jesus defies the odds and meets the disciples in the middle of their struggle. He says don’t be afraid because I am here, I got you and I’m always here for you. No matter how tough it gets I’m here for you. The toughest times in life are the toughest times to fix our focus and depend on Jesus. Why would such a perfect and powerful Savior come to me when I’m in such a weak and painful state? When things are going good focusing on Jesus goes together like peanut butter and jelly. That’s what separates Jesus from normal and makes His love even greater. Whether good times or bad, Jesus is there, Jesus shows His love for us at such a deeper level by being there for us when we are at our lowest points, when we don’t feel worthy, when we are terrified, when we are taking hits from every side, Jesus comes to us in the wildest of ways to say, “dude don’t be so afraid, I’m right here, I’m always here, I’ll chase you down no matter what the weather or how you feel cause I love you and want the best for you.” Wow.
Then not only does Jesus show up in our tough times when our faith in Him is so small, He is always there when we call. Jesus is that really you? Jesus tells Peter yes, I’ll prove it, come to me. Doesn’t make sense why He’d be there for us loving us in our trials, doesn’t make sense why He’d love us enough to answer our call, doesn’t make any sense why He’d answer our call telling us to step out of our fear and closer to Him. May not make sense but Jesus’ love has no barriers and no limitations. With eyes fixed on Jesus, Peter walks on the water, Jesus proves once again that He loves us even more than we could imagine. Jesus loves us so much He gives us access to His power where impossible becomes reality, He allows us to walk out of our struggle and into His powerful, life changing presence. He loves us so much that even with all the resistance coming at us, He gives us what we need to walk step by step closer to Him and through the obstacles trying to push us back.
It’s when we take our eyes off Jesus we sink. Only with Jesus can we walk on water through our problems and if left up to us we’d stay fallen. Jesus loves us so much He gave us another way out, He gave us Himself to live with and through, He knows we’ll fall daily but when we fall, the times when it’s even tougher to come to Him, once again His love is shown by reaching out to us weak and failure filled humans and picking us up from our fall. Answering our call immediately and always being there for us to reach out and save us from drowning in our weakness and defeat. Wow. Looking at Jesus love for us reverses everything we think we need to do or be, His love gives us the freedom to just live with Him, focus on His perfect power and goodness instead of the troubles that surround us. His love changes everything. Just wow! Let’s embrace His love today!
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.“/ Proverbs 3:5-6
Noticed something today when I was shooting basketball that made a lot of sense when it comes to our life with the Lord. I usually shoot around in my driveway before I work out to get warmed up and I know if I don’t start with a few form shots close to the goal then my shot is going to be terrible. If I just go out there and start shooting from everywhere then I’ll be able to get into the construction business and build a house with all my bricks. I’ve learned after the many years of struggling to shoot with perfect follow through that I have to take a minute and focus on my form before I start shooting. If you’re a basketball person or not here’s what I mean by “perfect follow through”; when you raise the ball to shoot, the left hand is there as pretty much a tool to hold the ball then the right hand does all the work, flicking the wrist in s straight line towards the hoop and following through like you’re reaching in the cookie jar. My problem with my form has always been my left hand. For some reason my left hand doesn’t want to just be there barely doing anything, it wants some of the action in the follow through. After shooting today I realized every time I miss it’s because my left hand is trying to do what only my right hand does, follow through. When I would make shots, it was because my left hand stayed out if the way and my right hand did the heavy lifting by doing all the work. A perfect follow through, SWISH!!!
I got to thinking about how much I am like my left hand when it comes to my daily walk with the Lord. I want to make all my shots so bad and be successful in my Christian life, I start to try to do more than just be there with the Lord as my right hand doing all the work and making all the shots possible. I want to make shots so I try to follow through and then I miss shots, the more I try to be in control of my life, the more shots I miss and the deeper I go into the slump of building a house with my bricks. I try to step up to the position of the Lord and be in control, making it happen and making shots but with each time I try to be apart of it, “lean on my own understanding” I fail. Thank God we’re just a left hand and He takes care of the follow through. If it was up to me I’d be a walking missed shot, a complete failure but when I come to the Lord and lean on His understanding that He is God and I am not. That He is in full control and I can’t be, the perfect follow through through the perfect sovereign God, leads to a life of peace, joy, freedom, and victory! Made shots!!! The more I try to do His job the more I fail, the more I become stressed, insecure, and fearful of every move I make. We have to know our position with the Lord, we are just the left hand, a tool that the right hand uses to work through, to bring glory to His name and to make shots, make a true everlasting impact in others lives for the Kingdom of God. We may go through this game a million times to learn the hard way but lets start each day and work on our form. Whether that’s devotion time in His Word, prayer, coming to Him and giving it all to Him, submitting yourself to His understanding and His powerful work He has set out for you. Know that you can’t do His job, only He can make shots, only He can make your paths straight. Be a left hand a do your job, just be there with the right hand. Be there with the Lord, in position ready to follow His lead, He’ll do the work with the perfect follow through and it’ll be easy to feel the difference in His perfect follow through and our broken attempts.